Bhutan
Tashi Chho Dzong

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  • Day14

    Thimphu I

    May 10, 2019 in Bhutan ⋅ 🌬 25 °C

    Thimphu I
    After a good night’s sleep after no waking up tea we had breakfast at the hotel. We already miss the food of Nima, our cook on the trek. We are still amazed what delicious meals we got served during those 9 days. We were picked up by Tenzin to visit different museums. The first one was called ‘simply Bhutan’, it was a some houses where the bhutanese culture were explained. For example, house building is with mud, so they stamp the mud. Since they will inevitably kill insects by doing it they sing a song of forgiveness. We could taste Ara, the local wine made of rice and also butter tea. During the tea session they danced and sang for us. We were the only tourists in this big room and we felt akward. Tenzin said later he had fun watching us because we looked a bit lost. I guess we were. The dancing was lovely. We then could perform some archery, I failed particularly, Lilian was a natural. I like this kind of museums. Next was the handcrafts museum, or more showroom since there are young people learning one of the 13crafts that are existing in the buthanese culture. Quite impressive. The funniest moment was when a Indian lady stopped Lilian and me. First we thought she wanted to take us a picture of her, but no, she wanted a picture with us. That was a comical situation.
    The afternoon was lazy and full of time to spend and just wonderful.
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  • Day24

    National Memorial Chhorten

    November 14, 2019 in Bhutan ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Things are slow to change in Bhutan. That was evident when we went to the Bank of Bhutan to exchange some money. I saw deposit slips and withdrawal slips all to be hand written for the said purpose. Getting our money changed was all hand recorded in a ledger. The style of buildings hasn’t changed and the height of buildings is limited by the constitution of the country.

    That being said, when they erected the Memorial Chorten in 1974 to honour the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, they didn’t try to stretch the boundaries much. As you can see, it looks a lot like some of the other Stupas we have documented.
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  • Day26

    We did it!

    November 16, 2019 in Bhutan ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Descending the mountain is more dangerous, but less tiring than the climb. Even so, it is hot now and my quads are aching. We all rented some poles for the journey this morning and they do come in handy but as poles go, these are not much better than a stick you find on the trail. Sounds like the lament of a Prima Donna.Read more

  • Day26

    Topo 6; Topo 7

    November 16, 2019 in Bhutan ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    I mentioned the farm was prosperous. They have a side business that offers herbal baths, in a wooden tub, with water heated by river stones. The four of us are looking for something extra after the hike and this seems like a fun thing to do. We all get a look at the backside of the tubs and where they heat the stones. All you have to do is yell out Topo 6 to get more hot stones in your bath water and a hotter tub. Dianne and I share a room with 2 baths. So do Liz and Alan. I’m in tub 6 and she is in tub 7. I yell out topo 6 and soon I have more hot stones in my tub along with some fresh herbs. Just between you and me, the herbs could have been weeds grown at the side of the road, but whatever, they smelled nice. Dianne yells out topo 7 and more stones and weeds appear for her. Between the four of us we keep our boy pretty busy for 45 minutes or so. Topo means more stones in case you havens guessed. It felt great after the hike.Read more

  • Day17

    Diese Festung ist der aktuelle Sommersitz der Königsfamilie. Darum herrschen auch besondere Regeln. Teile dürfen auch von aussen nicht fotografiert werden, Wege dürfen nicht verlassen werden, viele Bereiche dürfen nicht betreten werden. Alles etwas ungewohnt in Bhutan, wo bisher eigentlich ausser innerhalb der Tempel keine strengen Regeln herrschten und trotzdem alles gut funktioniert. Aber wie immer sind diese Regeln für uns Touristen gemacht, da „wir“ uns ja nicht benehmen können.
    Ansonsten ist das Fort wie so manches andere Fort auf unserer Reise. Nur einfach ein bisschen grösser als die bisherigen. Dies fällt besonders im Innenhof auf, welcher richtig viel Platz bietet.
    Leider merken wir von den aktuellen Zeremonien anlässlich eines besonderen Tages im Mondkalender kaum etwas, da sich alles in den Bereichen abspielt, die wir nicht betreten dürfen.
    Also kurz alles angeschaut, die Buddha-Figuren erklärt bekommen (allmählich finden wir uns ein bisschen zurecht) und dann war es das auch schon.
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  • Day17

    The Hangover Hike

    April 14, 2019 in Bhutan ⋅ 🌫 14 °C

    Ein kurzer Spaziergang oberhalb von Thimphu ist toll, um den Kopf auszulüften. Wir laufen zu einem Tempel, der nach dem Erdbeben von 2009 völlig zerstört wurde und jetzt nach dem Wiederaufbau kurz vor der Vollendung steht.
    Von dem Tempel dürfen aber auch von aussen keine Photos gemacht werden. Aber wer will auch schon Bilder einer Baustelle haben?
    Unterwegs treffe wir einige andere Touristen auf dem gleichen Weg. Und sehen einige wenige Vögel.

    Als wir denken, wir wären wieder nüchtern und alles gut sehen wir komische Tiere im Wald. Sind wir noch betrunken, sehen wir verschwommen?

    Die Tiere gaben den Kopf eines Elchs (aber viel kürzer und mit kleinem Geweihe), Körper von Schweinen (aber mit dem Fell eines Rehs): Füssen einer Kuh und dem Schwanz eines Hundes.
    Wir sind nüchtern, den dies sind Takins, die buthanischen Nationaltiere. Komische Viecher, wir staunen erst mal.
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  • Day21

    National Institute for Zorig Chusum

    May 21, 2019 in Bhutan ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    National Institute for Zorig Chusum provides instruction on Bhutan's 13 traditional arts.

    This was quite interesting watching the students, wood carve, paint, sew, embroid and make statues from clay.

  • Day24

    Thimphu

    November 14, 2019 in Bhutan ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    After a long day, we decide to interact with the locals. For Dianne and Liz that means shopping and for Alan and me it means walking without purpose. I have a camera with me and snap a picture of a traffic cop who looks like he likes his job. Pretty zen fellow. As this is happening, the solar powered dogs come alive. It’s a commotion that draws my attention. What the local mutts are pissed about is some uppity dog riding in the back of a truck. There is a gang of them surrounding the truck barking, some standing on hind legs looking into the truck bed. The dog in the truck is no ordinary dog either. It’s a St. Bernard, with a very deep woof, when it deems to speak. The sound of this woof gets the local mutts on an even rowdier splurge. Who does he think he is riding in that truck and all while the rest of us have to paw and limp our way around here like paupers? Eventually 3 monks arrive at the vehicle, get in and drive away with the St Bernard giving one last in your face woof to the chagrin of the solar dog gang. As all this is going on, the traffic cop stayed focused on his job, directing traffic. Never distracted.Read more

  • Day2

    To Thimphu

    November 20, 2017 in Bhutan ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    From today, we get our nice floral bus with the heater inside which does not let us realise how cold it is getting outside untill we open the windows..

    Mr. Rabten our bus driver takes us trough the mountains and rivers carrying us from Phuentsholing to the capital city - Thimphu

    On our way we were awe struck with "wow moments" enjoying the beautiful views of cloud kissing mountains, city embracing valleys, peacefully flowing rivers ( which they call "chuu" , clear blue skies, gushing waterfalls and lush greens everywhere making the air so pure to breathe ~ Imagine a country being carbon negative !! We had our 14 days of purity, serenity, peace, fun and happiness :)

    We halted for lunch and tried some hands on Bhutanese Thukpa ( some soupy noodles with minty herbs which we found too bland and wierd but Jatin seemed to like it )

    Finally reached our hotel on the outskirts of Thimphu city - Wangchuk Taba where Sonam and Jimmy greeted us.
    The temperature had fallen to 15 ° in the evening and we were provided with bon fire in their open lounge and also shawls ! We gathered to get some warmth and our K5 sessions began :)

    Again we had a good Indian Dinner - Red Rice, Chapatis, Potatoe and Mix vegetables and dessert by about 8 pm.
    Adding To our health besides breathing pure air, we also had early meals as Bhutan winds up early.
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